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Activists claim fees, postage amount to modern-day poll taxes
« on: September 16, 2020, 06:57:29 PM »
Cecilia Washington isn't sure exactly how many thousands of dollars in outstanding court fees she still owes in Bradenton, Florida, a vestige of her most recent felony conviction.

But she knows the high price of that unpaid bill: Unless she can find a way to erase the debt soon, she will be barred from casting a ballot in November's general election. A federal appellate court ruled last week that prohibiting ex-felons with unpaid court fees and fines from voting does not constitute an unconstitutional poll tax.

"If I don't get an opportunity to vote, I'm going to be heartbroken," said Washington, a 40-year-old Orlando resident who has been active in efforts to restore voting rights to the formerly incarcerated. "People make mistakes. This is real life, and God forgives everybody."

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/16/politics/poll-taxes-voting-2020-election/index.html

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Re: Activists claim fees, postage amount to modern-day poll taxes
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2020, 08:33:01 PM »
Too bad, so sad...


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